Responsible chemical use
Working with AgVet chemicals
Victoria has a valuable reputation as a reliable supplier of clean agricultural products, in both international and domestic markets.
In order to maintain this reputation, it is essential agricultural and veterinary (AgVet) chemicals are used in a responsible manner.
Improper use of chemicals may result in unacceptable chemical residues in produce impacting public health and trade.
It can also result in accidental poisoning, pollution, damage to native flora, fauna or beneficial insects, and possibly chemical resistance in the pest or disease being targeted.
Chemical users need to ensure their own safety and be aware of community concerns regarding chemical use in relation to human health and the environment.
Minimise the risks associated with chemical use by ensuring you are trained and authorised with an appropriate licence or permit to use agricultural or veterinary chemicals, and apply them in accordance with current legislation.
Before using any chemical, users should always read and familiarise themselves with the entire label, and obtain a copy of the product's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
Both provide useful information about the chemical product, its contents, health hazards, safe use and handling instructions, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and first aid. Copies of MSDS's are available free upon request from chemical resellers or manufacturer's websites.
For information on managing Occupational Health and Safety issues relating to working with agricultural and veterinary chemicals, please refer to the following websites: